Postmodernism is the belief that all truth claims are relative and man-made. Atheist Philosopher John Searle proposed that this philosophy frees people up from having to conform to objective moral truths:
· “I have to confess…that I think there is a much deeper reason for the persistent appeal of all forms of anti-realism [relativism] and this has become obvious in the 20th century: it satisfies a basic urge to power. It just seems too disgusting, somehow, that we should have to be at the mercy of the ‘real world.’ It seems to awful that our representations [what we say] should have to be answerable to anyone but us.”
I think that Searle hit the nail on the head. In fact, several postmodernists have admitted as much. Emergent Church spiritual guide, Tony Jones confessed:
· The slipperiness of meaning, the impossibility of objectivity, the incommensurability of truth claims — these themes of postmodernism appealed to me and gave my faith room to grow.
However, if objectivity is impossible, I guess that Jones’ claim is also non-objective and merely a personal preference.
How did postmodernism give his “faith room to grow?” It eliminates any moral constraints and enthrones the spoiled brat within.